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Engraved t.-p., with vignette
"This edition consists of 750 copies printed on antique laid, deckle-edge paper for sale. And 100 copies printed on Arnold's unbleached handmade paper, each numbered and signed." This copy on antique laid paper
Some of the songs were printed in the compiler's Antient and modern Scotish songs
"The footnotes, chiefly illustrating Burns's arrangements of the texts for Johnson's Musical museum, may be of interest ... particularly as they claim for Burns verses which have not yet been assigned to him."--Pref., p. xi
Without music. The editor's notes include references to tunes
Introduction includes I. George Paton. II. Extracts from Paton's correspondence with Thomas Percy referring to David Herd's collection. III. David Herd's life and personality (David Herd and the Cape club, Fergusson and the Cape club, Burns in Edinburgh, Herd and Scott, etc.) IV. Bibliographical notes (p. 65-76) V. Description of David Herd's mss. (p. 76-88)